The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration once again sounds the alarm and urges motorists not to wait one more day to check and replace the vehicle’s airbag. The safety agency has confirmed that a Takata rupture has tragically killed another person. So far, there have been 24 Takata fatalities in 2023. Now the NHTSA is warning motor vehicle owners to see if their vehicles have an open Takata recall and to have the repair completed as quickly as possible. This recent tragedy involved a defective Takata airbag in a 2010 Chrysler 300. This is the third tragic death this year in a Chrysler car. The incident report states that the Takata driver’s side airbag inflator ruptured, killing the driver.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles did issue a “Do Not Drive” safety warning that affected about 275,000 model years 2005-2010 Chrysler 300s and model years 2005-2010 Dodge Chargers, Magnums, and Challengers. At the time of that “Do Not Drive” warning, two people were killed in separate accidents involving Takata driver’s side airbag explosions.
According to NHTSA Acting Administrator Ann Carlson, these recall repairs are free and do not allow you or a loved one to risk dying due to this defective, recalled Takata airbag. Carlson also stated that these Takata airbag ruptures have also caused victims to become blind and/or have been left with facial injuries and scarring. The NHTSA Acting Administrator also stated that the older these defective airbag inflators become, the more dangerous they become. The NHTSA is advising that all vehicle owners immediately check to see if their motor vehicle has an unresolved Takata airbag recall and to contact their local car dealership to make the repair at no cost as quickly as possible.
The NHTSA states that even minor collisions can cause a dangerous Takata airbag explosion that can be fatal or cause life-changing, gruesome facial injuries. Older model-year vehicles are at higher risk of explosion with injuries. To review updated information about Takata recalls for specific motor vehicle manufacturers, click here. For additional details from the NHTSA concerning the Takata airbag recall, click here. You may also use NHTSA’s Recall Lookup Tool to look for any open safety recalls on your vehicles. If you believe your motor vehicle has a safety defect, contact NHTSA online or visit NHTSA.gov/Recalls.
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